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Driving Traffic to your Business Site

I've recently put together a Minnesota small business community site where small business owners can write articles that feature their own business, communicate with other business owners in Minnesota and develop long lasting partnerships. My goal for this site is to help Minnesota businesses grow and strive in todays economy because a healthy Minnesota business economy is good for everyone.

Here's a list of a few benefits this site offers to business owners and their businesses.

  • Put your business in the spotlight with media articles for sales, new products, new services, employee changes, management change, grand opening, new look, special events, company meetings or just about anything that highlights your company because the more links and news featuring your business and site the more clients will be driven to you.
  • Communication with other business owners in Minnesota will help you to forge long lasting and profitable relationships with other businesses. Working with other business owners will provide you and them with increased customer traffic over your competition.
  • Drive traffic to your site by creating articles and posts on this community site, every link from another site is like a vote for your site to the search engines and the more votes the higher your site is valued. Google calls this "Page Rank" and is the first search engine to implement this sort of rating system. 
  • An image is worth a thousand words and so is your business. What I mean by this is posting a few photos of you business, staff and products in the gallery section can go a long ways in showing what you do. You can even do things like post coupons and fliers in the downloads section.

Eventually I'll be adding other things to this site like a free classifieds section, community calendar and more. Right now the site already features some pretty cool stuff like local news, open discussion forums for all of Minnesota, free personal galleries to upload photos for your business, free file uploads for the community, and your own personal blog/news section.

To get going with http://downtown.mn all you need to do is click the "join" link at the http://downtown.mn site.

Good luck with your business ventures and remember good communication is the key to success.

Setting up Outlook to pull spam folders from your email hosting server

Open Outlook, Tool, Account Settings, New,

Select "Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP"


Select Manually configure server settings or additional server types,


Select "Internet Email"

Enter your name, email address

Select "IMAP"

Enter your incoming and outgoing mail server information. This will generally be mail.TheLastPartOfYourEmailAddress after the @ symbol.

enter your username. The should be the first part of your email address before the @symbol

enter your password.

click "More Settings"

click "Outgoing Server"

Select "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication"

Click "Advanced"

Verify that your mail server ports are set correctly, if using SSL, TLS, etc

Click OK, Next, Finish, close


Now on the left side you will see a new folder, right click on this folder and select "IMAP Folders" then "Query"

Select "Bulk", "Spam" and click Subscribe, Apply and OK

Now you should be able to search your bulk and spam folders via outlook.


How to boot from a USB Drive (flash drive or external storage)

Toss in any bootable CD/DVD Rom along with your usb drive and type the following command:

xcopy e:\*.* /s/e/f g:\

This is assuming "e" is your rom drive on the computer you are creating the bootable usb drive and "g" is your usb drive. Update as needed.


  • Remove any third party software from the usb drive. (make a copy if you think you will want to put it back on later)
  • You should format the usb drive in fat32.
  • Be sure your usb drive has enough space on it to accept the data.
  • The system you are going to be using the usb drive to boot from will need the option to boot from usb in the bios, some older systems do not support this feature and you will need to create a boot loader to do this instead.

Method #2, older bios updates

  • format your usb drive as fat32
  • copy the following win 95/98 boot files to the drive(be sure not to include any memory loaders)
    • IO.SYS
  • copy your bios files
  • update as instructed by your motherboard, hardware controller manufacture

boot.zip (200.94 kb)

How to copy windows install from cd/DVD to USB without any extra software.

Open CMD.exe as administrator then do the following:

  • Type: "diskpart"

a new window may open or it may start in the current command window,

at the DISKPART> prompt type in the following.

  • list disk
    • (make note of the disk that is your usb drive, if you are not 100% sure do not continue as you may cause data loss)
  • select disk #
    • enter a number based on the previous noted disk(your usb drive)
  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • active
  • format fs=ntfs quick
  • assign
    • this will create a new drive on your system, make note of the drive letter.
  • exit

in the admin command prompt window type the following:

  • (DriveLetterofyourCD/DVDinstaller):
  • cd boot
  • bootsect.exe/nt60 (DriveLetterofUSB):
  • (DriveLetterofUSB):
  • xcopy (DriveLetterofyourCD/DVDinstaller):\*.* /s /e

That's it, your done. You can now boot and install from USB.

How to stay secure online: Passwords, security and compromised sites, Oh my!

Best things to remember for password and email security,

  • Passwords, Have a secure password with a minimum of 8 characters including small and capital letters, 1 or more symbols, as well and at least 1 number.
    • Don't use easy to guess passwords that contain pets, kids, parents and/or sibling names or birth dates.
    • Make your password something you would never share with anyone, many people use a favorite color, food, etc.. which they also post to social media sites like facebook.
    • Separate your passwords, never use the same password for everything, if a website that you use is compromised(updated: recent example linkedin database compromised) then all of the stuff you use could become compromised. Generally its a good idea to use three or more passwords with variations of those passwords that you can change around for example H3l!0WoR!D, Hell0w0r!d, HelloW0rlD. This allows you to use basically the same password in many places but if one place is compromised it will minimize the impact since you are using a variations of the passwords in each place.
    • Try to avoid needing password security questions and hints, don't give real answers that a potential hacker can find with little effort.
  • Public terminals, Don't use public terminals to check your email or bank information as they can contain key-loggers which will compromise your account to hackers including government agencies.
  • Free WiFi, Don't use public unencrypted free WiFi to send and receive email unless you are browsing and checking email with SSL only. (https:// for sites and webmail or SSL in your email configuration)

This may seem like a lot of work but having identity theft or compromised personal information will be a lot worse.